David Beckham re-joined AC Milan this week beginning his second loan spell with the club. In the first press conference since arriving in Italy, Beckham told how “To win a title is my number one wish. To win a title with AC Milan.”
The most-capped England midfielder may have to content himself with a defensive role, however, as Milan are currently without their first choice right-back, Massimo Oddo. Milan’s manager, Leonardo, suggested that Beckham may be used to fill-in, something which the former captain of England said would be fine by him:
“I would be happy to play in any position, in defence, in attack.”
Beckham has returned to Italy on loan from LA Galaxy as the US Major League has concluded and Beckham wants one last shot at a World Cup in South Africa this summer. Last year, Fabio Coppello stated that he would only pick players who were currently active in a top flight league, prompting Beckham’s original loan spell at the club.
Beckham tells of returning to the dressing room a second time round:
“[the Milan squad] were happy to see me back.My experience with the club was so special for six months. It was one of the best six months of my career.
I missed the team, the players, the fans. The group is very similar. It is the same at Manchester United, it never changes.”
Beckham’s love of United has not diminished, however, and he is set to return to the club where his legend began for the first time in seven years as Milan are drawn against Sir Alex Ferguson’s team in the first knockout stage of the UEFA Champion’s League, with the first leg in Milan due to take place on 16th February 2009.
David Beckham stated that he “almost cried” when he learned of the draw, but insisted that “It is business. We want to win the game.” despite telling how he “missed” being at the English Champions:
“I have never returned to Old Trafford in seven years. I miss it every day. I miss being a Manchester United player, I miss the club, I miss the fans and friends at the club.It has always had a special place in my heart.”
It remains to be seen what sort of reception Beckham receives at Old Trafford, however, one thing is for certain: his desire for titles has not diminished with age. At 34, Beckham is hungry for the Serie A title and aims to play in another World Cup for his nation.
Beckham has rarely failed to achieve his goals in football: fans of the beautiful game around the world will be keeping an eye on Milan over the next few months.